(Note, these lists are in no particular order. Only as thoughts popped into my head. Except for #1 on the American list. That's definitely my most missed item.)
Things I love about Europe:
- Public transportation ROCKS. Except when they hit people, motorcycles, or inanimate objects (each of which has happened in the last few days).
- Tax is included in everything! When you get the cash register, if the shoes said "12.99" they are "12.99!!!" So amazing.
- Bread. Seriously. I'm living off of the baguettes here.
- Food in general. So good. Sweetest strawberries I've ever had.
- Cool weather. While the rain is inconvenient 90% of the time, I'm loving being able to cuddle under blankets and want to bring a jacket everywhere. Need to buy a scarf soon.
- Old buildings and history
- French language
- New friends from all over (Met a pair of Gators while we were in Amsterdam!)
- Tax is included in everything. Did I mention that already? Woops! It really is like my favorite thing. Prices might be higher, but I don't have to think as much, which counts as a WIN in my book.
Things I miss about America:
- Friends and family
- UF campus/Gainesville
- American summertime stuffs like barbecue. And lemonade.
- The 4th of July (even though it's not here yet, I know I'm going to miss it!)
- Other people wearing shorts. I feel like I'm the only one here. Loving the weather, but all the locals are in jeans and jackets! Crazy!
- Target and Publix and being able to buy things all at one place
- Free public bathrooms
- Water fountains and free water at restaurants. 6 euros for a liter of water at restaurants. Just crazy to keep having to order and pay for it. I was expecting to, but I miss the free-ness. It'd be okay if there was lemonade for me to buy instead.
- Lemonade. I know I repeat myself a lot, but if you were living with me here you would be hearing it even more. Trust me.
- Oh, and air conditioning. I don't really need it here most of the time, but the first few days were SO hot indoors. And if it's raining and you can't sit outside... that's bad.
- And smooth sidewalks. The cobblestones were pretty for the first 5 minutes. Unfortunately, most of the roads we walk on are all torn up. I have to look at my feet instead of at the buildings at all times. Which is why every day I find something new on our walk home.